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I have just completed a 4 month placement with Sustainability Victoria to establish community energy projects in Gippsland.  It was terrific work with passionate, skilled people who are shaping the fundamental change that is needed in electricity generation. This was after 10 happy years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial advisory committee, the Central Coastal Board, of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments and I’ve just stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly life-transforming opportunities to students otherwise barred from enrolling in further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and I’m quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting just shy of 660 species.


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Latest Blog Posts

Daily Links Sep 23

While ocean clean-ups are important to remove plastics from the environment, of much more importance is not putting plastics into the environment in the first place. This is very much a case of prevention being better than cure – reducing materials and energy in plastics production, in unnecessary use of plastics and in thoughtless disposal if plastics waste is unavoidable. The packaging industry likes to view this as a litter issue though.

Daily Links Sep 22

The Member for Warringah once said a bit of warming would be a good thing. This article ‘Closing eyes to climate change won’t stop warming’ gives many examples of it being not so good.

Daily Links Sep 21

I understand the furious rantings of Brenda, the Civil Disobedience Penguin. She has the issues nailed, including the extent of Rupert’s influence.

Daily Links Sep 20

There’s a lot to like in biomimicry. We’ve had flexible solar cells for millions of years. We call them leaves. With market certainty, we can afford the R and D to manufacture ‘leaves’ of our own.